Weight Loss Surgery
Bariatric, or weight loss surgery, is an effective tool for helping to treat obesity and combat weight gain. This page contains information about the various surgical procedures available to individuals who have struggled with obesity.
Dr Dolan understands that losing weight can be physically and emotionally challenging and with over twenty years of experience he has helped thousands of patients to lose weight.
Is Weight Loss Surgery Right For Me?
If you are morbidly obese, overweight by more than 20 kilograms, or have battled obesity for many years, weight loss surgery may be the solution you have been looking for. These procedures can facilitate weight loss and improve the overall quality of your life.
Types of Weight Loss Surgery
There are five common bariatric surgical procedures:
- Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band (lap-band) Surgery
- Gastric Bypass Surgery
- Gastric Sleeve Surgery
Each procedure has different features and benefits and not every surgical approach will be suitable for all patients.
Dr Dolan will discuss these surgical options with you and help you find which treatment is best suits your condition, lifestyle, and desired outcomes.
Comparing Weight Loss Procedures
|Surgery Type||Laparoscopic||Reversible||Adjustable||Hospital Stay|
|Gastric Bypass||Yes||Yes||No||3 Days|
|Gastric Sleeve||Yes||No||No||2 Days|
What are the risks of weight loss surgery?
As with any surgery there are potential risks and complications involved in bariatric procedures.
Potential complications include:
- Problems associated with anaesthesia
- Leaks in your gastrointestinal tract
- Deep vein thrombosis (blood clot in the leg)
Before you make any decisions about weight loss surgery your doctor will discuss all elements and risks of the procedure with you.
Frequently Asked Questions
Bariatric surgery is a life changing procedure and you will experience some changes and side effects post-op. These include feeling tired and weak as your body recovers from anaesthesia, adjusts to less food intake and not eating solids for the first few weeks post-op. You might lose muscle mass, experience hair loss, constipation and gallstones. You will stay in the hospital for up to 3 days and be closely monitored to make sure there are no serious complications. The changes will be a bit of an adjustment, but they are manageable, and your surgeon and dietician will prepare you for them.
Up to 6 weeks, depending on your health, age, and recovery after the operation. In the first few weeks following bariatric surgery, it’s important not to put any strain on your body, especially your abdominal area. You might also feel weak from the reduction in your food intake. So, for that time, you can’t do strenuous exercise, lift weights or anything else that would be too taxing on your body. Slowly, you can start taking walks, and other light forms of movement. It’s important to rest your body so that it adjusts and follow doctor’s orders.
No, for the first few weeks you won’t be allowed to eat solid foods. Different foods will be introduced at certain stages, based on how you’re recovering. First, you can only clear broths, then you move to thicker soups, then mashes and purées over the next few weeks until you can have solid foods again. This should take about 4-6 weeks, which will be decided by your surgeon and your dietician. The way your body handles food after bariatric surgery will change and the way you eat has to change too, so it’s important that solid food is reintroduced slowly.
If you choose to undergo weight loss surgery, we have a dedicated team of professionals who will make sure that you have all the support and help you need as you recover from your procedure and work towards achieving your weight loss goals in a healthy manner. The team includes your doctor, who monitor your progress and guide you through recovery and healthy weight loss; a dietician, who will help you adjust to a new eating plan; an exercise physiologist, who will develop a training program for you; and a counsellor, who will oversee you mental and emotional health and offer the guidance and support you need throughout your journey.
Dr Dolan offers a program that is personally designed to help patients reach their weight loss goals. The program covers preoperative and postoperative needs, as well as ongoing support. The weight loss care program includes preoperative patient screening; information about how to achieve weight loss goals; details about surgical procedures; what to expect after surgery; open communication between the patient, Dr Dolan and the support team; a follow-up schedule to monitor progress; dietary and exercise advice; and psychcological counselling if required.
We understand that it’s sometimes easier to spread your payments for a procedure. For this reason, we offer Mac Credit, which provides payment plans from $4000. We also work with SuperCare, who can help to facilitate funding for most bariatric procedures, including sleeve gastrectomy, gastric bypass and SIPS procedures, as well as after care treatment and programs. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you would like to find out more about our payment and finance plans.